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Congratulations on becoming a First Officer!
By now you should be out of training. You're now a real pilot. According to a youtube.com video, So You Want to be a Regional Airline Pilot?, that means your salary is:
Holy Crap Dude, You're Poor!
Well if that weren't the most obvious statement you've seen in your life... To make you feel better, I pass along my series of tips on surviving poverty until you make it to 2nd year pay or that quick upgrade to ATP mins and Captainship. This article could just as well serve as money management advice for struggling flight students. I feel your pain regardless of which position you're in. I've been there. So let's get started.
The most important task is eating. You could end up taking a whole suit case of food if you're not careful. But if you do take food with you on your trips, organize it in terms of refrigeration required. Consider the following chart:
There are a variety of options for airplane food. Sometimes, full blown crew meals are available. That option is rare. Sometimes you can get creative with first class food. For example, some creative flight attendants can make apple smores out of the Delta Biscoff cookies, apple slices, and twix bars.
And if you haven't heard, those Delta Biscoff cookies can be turned into Key Lime pie by just squeezing a Lime over the top. Let it soak. Enjoy your pie. Lemon works great too.
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1. Get the cheapest crash pad you can find if you don't live in base.
2. Live in base.
3. Sleep at the airport. For the best tips, see: Budget Traveller's Guide to Sleeping in Airports